Reviews for Amulet 5 : Prince of the Elves


Booklist Reviews 2012 October #2
A war between humans and elves that has been brewing for more than 50 years is coming to the city of Cielis, and Emily, her brother, Navin, and the people and creatures around them must face the past in order to survive the future. Anchored by dazzlingly lush art and a complex, character-laden plot, Kibuishi's Amulet series remains a must-have for all elementary- and middle-school graphic-novel collections. Devoted fans will appreciate that this volume begins to flesh-out the backstory of two characters while starting to tie together a few of the many plot elements. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 October #2
In this popular series' latest episode, an ambush by the masked elf king's ally Max Griffin leads Emily to a disturbing revelation about the mysterious voice that speaks through her own amulet. Having set the stage with a flashback that illuminates Max's troubled past, Kibuishi positively channels the first Star Wars film by turning Emily's brother Navin and other friends into hotshot fighter pilots for a climactic dogfight replete with sizzling bolts of energy and massive explosions. This is followed by a long collective fall through the air during which Emily makes a desperate lifesaving venture into the "void." There, times and memories mingle, and the dark entity that had guided her before challenges her to an ominous chess match. Expertly framing his clearly drawn figures in diversely arranged sequential panels, the author continues to tell his tale at a breakneck pace. Though his cast of humans, elves, robots, talking animals and monsters is now so large that even confirmed fans may have trouble keeping track, no one will soon forget the demonic new flying giant spider creature that Max rides into battle. Fine worldbuilding, with high adventure aplenty and characters and plotlines that continue to develop intriguing twists. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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VOYA Reviews 2013 June
The fifth book in the Amulet series starts immediately after the fourth and continues Emily's story. This graphic novel does not stand alone; the reader will need background knowledge from the preceding books to follow the story line. As Emily continues to fight for justice, Max wars with himself and his responsibilities to help a friend. When the rescue goes awry, with horrible consequences, he becomes vengeful and blocks Emily's way as she fights to conquer the Elf King. Unbeknownst to Emily, the voice of her Amulet is not what she imagined, and she must grapple with the results As with the remainder of this series, this volume contains detailed, colored artwork with some text. The images showing the fantasy world are extraordinary and relay a lot of action scenes that will appeal to fans. Readers will be drawn in by the plot twists as well as the characters' internal conflicts. Emily continues to be a strong female lead, while Max is quite the antagonist. This volume should be added to collections that contain the first four.--Valerie Burleigh 4Q 3P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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